In the penultimate week of ‘The Colbert Report’, you may recall Congresswomen Nancy Pelosi threw down some pretty neat moves on a BMX during the last installment of ‘Better Know a District’. Turns out it wasn’t actually Nancy Pelosi, but stuntman Alex Schuler. A rider from North Carolina, Alex recently joined the film industry as a stuntman, and has already had the opportunity to work on some big projects. In an interview with Vital BMX he speaks about his experiences working on ‘The Colbert Report’ and his upcoming projects.
With just three weeks into the New Year, the Late Show with Stephen Colbert is one of the most anticipated shows of 2015. Scheduled to premiere on September 8, 2015, anticipation for the new show is already building, as we wait with bated breath for it’s arrival.
It is no surprise to us, the Colbert Nation, that The Colbert Report was cited in many Best of 2014 articles. The last year of The Report will never be forgotten. This groundbreaking show will live on forever. After all, “Stephen Colbert” is immortal. Check out these articles from around the web and give us your thoughts in the comment section.
A Look Back at “The Colbert Report’s” great satirical moments reveals how the show will live on in the public consciousness, long after its finale.
Stephen Colbert is King of the Internet. He has been regularly memed, tumblerized, quoted, cited, blogged about, tweeted about, celebrated and possibly inflated by the media, cruelly deflated by the media, and so on, throughout his long nine-year run hosting The Colbert Report. In whatever light he is cast, Stephen Colbert and his team’s brand of satire on The Colbert Report will continue to ripple out for a long, long time. The invocation of his name on every piece of the internet-o-sphere is no accident, but rather a reflection of his influence and appeal. However, this phenomenon took years to develop, and required that the show adapt and grow. Increasingly, the show ventured off the set and took its improvisational games out into the real world in order to reach its satirical goals. In this post, I will explore some of the pivotal events that resulted. Its malleable nature notwithstanding, the program’s core concept of exposing “truthiness” has remained intact, and has not only become popularized, but immortalized; therefore, its message will linger in public consciousness for years to come.
Congratulations to Jim Hoskinson who has been nominated for a “Directors Guild of America Award” in the category of “Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Variety / Talk / News / Sports – Regularly Scheduled Programming” for Episode #11040 of ‘The Colbert Report’. Jim was previously nominated for his work on ‘The Colbert Report’ in 2007 for “Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Musical Variety” for episode #3052 and in 2013 for “Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Variety / Talk / News / Sports – Regularly Scheduled Programming” for episode #10004.
A recent article by Splitsider extols the virtue of Stephen’s religious faith and examines its impact on the Report. At the end, the author Devin Klos reveals a personal interaction with Stephen that is quite touching.
The Colbert Report’s chief mission, much like The Daily Show’s, is to expose truths within our society’s machinations (and make us laugh, obviously). Each night, they attempt to pull the curtain back to reveal that the all powerful Oz is just a man with special effects and a megaphone. Whereas most comedians go with the easy joke that religion is BS, that God is another version of this Oz to control the masses, Colbert wants us to look harder and realize that it’s the message and not the megaphone that matters.
Many years ago, I worked as an intern at The Daily Show. It was among the happiest achievements of my young life to that point. I was more than a bit star-struck to be in a space among so many people I respected and admit to being tongue-tied and feeling unworthy in such company. One afternoon, Stephen Colbert came in to the office. His show was about to premiere so he hadn’t spent much time in our studio. As he walked past me at my cubicle, he stopped and said, “You’re a new face, what’s your name?” I didn’t know what to really say, so I replied, “Oh, I’m just an intern.”
Colbert looked at me a moment and then said: “Just an intern? Hey, look, everybody starts somewhere. I was just an understudy at one point, but that’s just a point in time. It’s not about where you are now, or even where you hope to go, it’s who you are that matters. I’m Stephen, who are you?” I introduced myself and we shook hands. “Don’t let your place in the world dictate who you are to anyone. We all have the same merit.” Then he was gone, but his words lingered.
Full article: Splitsider
On October 30th, I went to my final taping of The Colbert Report—a truly bittersweet occasion, as you can imagine. I’d thought about holding off till nearer the end, and wavered about going, but finally I decided I just wanted to make sure I got one more taping in and grabbed the ticket. I did not want to be frozen out!
On December 18th, The Colbert Report had it’s beautiful swan song. It was a hit among critics and fans alike. (I’m still humming “We’ll Meet Again.”) This epic episode will never be forgotten. The Colbert Report will go down in television history. Here is what the press had to say about the finale and the end of The Report era. Please express your opinions in the comment section. We love to hear from you!